Search on Seneca Lake scaled back

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
A New York State Police watercraft prepares to launch into Seneca Lake at Severne Point. A State Police helicopter is overhead and a Yates County Marine Patrol watercraft is already searching area waters on Monday, April 20. looking for Daniel Manganaro of Horseheads.

The search for 27-year-old Daniel Manganaro, presumed drowned in Seneca Lake, has been scaled back, according to Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.

In an announcement Saturday, April 25, Spike says The New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team (URT) did underwater sonar searching at deeper depths Thursday and Friday with Yates County marine patrol support. Also, lake and shoreline observations continued with support from the New York State Police Aviation Unit helicopter.

According to Sheriff Ron Spike, “The number of assets devoted to the search and recovery have officially ended after five consecutive days searching without any success.”

The search was hampered at some times by the weather conditions (snow, wind and rain). The depth of the lake at the area of concentration is approximately 600 feet.

“Searching at such depths is challenging for the URT and its equipment,” said the Sheriff, adding, “Our sheriff’s marine patrols from both Yates and Seneca Counties will continue to intermittently check the lake, and the shoreline areas in days ahead in the event the body should rise to the surface.”

Sheriff Spike, Lt. Ed Nemitz, Inv. Arlin Cunningham and Inv. Patrick Breuer met with the Manganaro family Saturday morning for three hours at the Yates County Public Safety Building. “We extend our heartfelt condolences of this agency and the URT to this grieving family,” said Spike. “Daniel was soon to commence his career as a medical surgeon at a Philadelphia, Pa. hospital before the tragedy.”

Sheriff’s Investigators continue the presumed death investigation with interviews and other evidence gathering means as a part of the investigation for the report required by Section 47-A of the Navigation Law to be submitted to the NYS Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

Manganaro and 27-year-old Keith Seymore, 27, of Millport had left the Manganaro summer cottage on North Plum Point Road, Himrod, at approx. 6:20 p.m. Sunday, April 19 to canoe paddle across the lake. They were not wearing personal flotation devices, and were fully clothed. The canoe mishap with the two men occurred before dusk. Just before midnight Seymore, suffering from hyperthermia, was spotted by Onondaga County Sheriff’s helicopter with spotlight. Yates County Sheriff's Marine patrol boat officers rescued him from the flooded canoe near the center of the lake, where the water is 583 feet deep.

Spike thanks local, county, regional, and New York State entities, Office of Emergency Management, fire and Emergency Medical Services for assisting in this rescue/search and recovery mission.